Conversion from Temporary to Permanent Status

Tonchi

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You never mentioned what you showed them for proof of solvency(?).
I just took a look at my my new "Permanent" residency card. It expires in a year. I thought the whole reason for doing this was that it is valid for 5 years.
If its only valid for 1 year.

WHATS THE PURPOSE???

So in a year, I will still have to make a trip to SD, pay the fees, and get a new card. The only purpose of having a permanent card is to pay the DR govt more money for it, if you still have to go back every year..

Am I missing something, other than my money?????
 

Tonchi

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I wish I could predict the future. The house I bought 30 years ago for $299K, sold for $579K 20 years ago is now valued at $1.6 Million in Fremont, CA. I do admit it seems a bit high for 1,763 square feet on a 60 by 80 foot piece of land. Over $50K increase in value annually since I moved to the DR

Good luck dealing with Migracion and using the DR as your live cheap until then place.
I had a townhome in Malibu on PCH for 250K in the 90's...now worth millions,,,and a 3 bedroom house in the Hills in Thousand Oaks..I dont want to think about the millions lost there.. But half of that would have gone to the Ca state govt anyway in taxes.. So it was probably good escaping the socialist republic of California.

Only miss In-N-Out Burgers.. But I did have an Airbnb guest bring me 2 double-doubles here to the DR.. My best guest ever..
 
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I just took a look at my my new "Permanent" residency card. It expires in a year. I thought the whole reason for doing this was that it is valid for 5 years.
If its only valid for 1 year.

WHATS THE PURPOSE???

So in a year, I will still have to make a trip to SD, pay the fees, and get a new card. The only purpose of having a permanent card is to pay the DR govt more money for it, if you still have to go back every year..

Am I missing something, other than my money?????
I know - it's crazy. From what I've heard, you only get one year before you have to renew the first time. After that, every 4 years. Makes no sense other than a money grab by DGM.
 
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I know - it's crazy. From what I've heard, you only get one year before you have to renew the first time. After that, every 4 years. Makes no sense other than a money grab by DGM.
So long ago now, but if I recall, I think I had four 1 year renewals before I could get a 4 year residency card. Then when I had enough of time to go for 10 years, they "lost stuff" and I said screw them and went the citizen route instead of renewals after that last renewal which was required to get citizenship. If it is only 1 year and then you can renew for 4 years, it less of a grab now than before. There is no sense to be made of it. It simply is.
 
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I had a townhome in Malibu on PCH for 250K in the 90's...now worth millions,,,and a 3 bedroom house in the Hills in Thousand Oaks..I dont want to think about the millions lost there.. But half of that would have gone to the Ca state govt anyway in taxes.. So it was probably good escaping the socialist republic of California.

Only miss In-N-Out Burgers.. But I did have an Airbnb guest bring me 2 double-doubles here to the DR.. My best guest ever..
I don't miss those burgers. Their french fries tasted like styrofoam. I don't think there were any close to my house in Fremont.
Water long under that bridge regarding predicting the future of housing prices. If I had the wherewithal I would have remained in California, despite the people.
The weather is so much better.

But now, I have fully committed to the DR and recommend anyone that can to go the citizenship route instead of residency if you are serious about remaining here.
 

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I don't miss those burgers. Their french fries tasted like styrofoam. I don't think there were any close to my house in Fremont.
Water long under that bridge regarding predicting the future of housing prices. If I had the wherewithal I would have remained in California, despite the people.
The weather is so much better.

But now, I have fully committed to the DR and recommend anyone that can to go the citizenship route instead of residency if you are serious about remaining here.
When my family headed out west to California, we were desperate. The mid west was a dust bowl of unemployment. My gal, Ros-a-sharn and i endured many months of hardship. Grandma didn't make it. The orange field work made the DR sugar cane deal look like a corporate job. But, one day at a time. Here we are today.
 
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So long ago now, but if I recall, I think I had four 1 year renewals before I could get a 4 year residency card. Then when I had enough of time to go for 10 years, they "lost stuff" and I said screw them and went the citizen route instead of renewals after that last renewal which was required to get citizenship. If it is only 1 year and then you can renew for 4 years, it less of a grab now than before. There is no sense to be made of it. It simply is.
That's crazy. Along with Edenorte and Corapplata, DGM is one of the most incompetent departments in the DR.
 
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windeguy

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That's crazy. Along with Edenorte and Corapplata, DGM is one of the most incompetent departments in the DR.
A triumvirate of turpitude.

But as I mentioned, the temporary and permanent residency requirements and durations are just rules based upon some regulations created for whatever purpose that I never grasped. Glad to be done with them. Claims remain that the DR is a place far easier to get legal residency than most countries. And that does still seem to be true.
 

william webster

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I don't think so

Many countries offer and solicit people for residency.... come here to live & work from home

Bahamas has a fast track, some of the British protectorates too.... there are several
 

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I don't think so

Many countries offer and solicit people for residency.... come here to live & work from home

Bahamas has a fast track, some of the British protectorates too.... there are several
The Bahamas never contacted me. I missed that memo and ended up in the DR. Oh well.
 
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Buy property of $250,000 or more and you slide in..... $250 - I think..... my godson is doing it
Good for him. In retrospect I woulda coulda shoulda invested about that to purchase the three houses next to each other that were for sale when I purchased only one of the group that I live in. They would have long since paid off the investment from rentals, and provided a buffer to the various nut jobs that owned the other two properties, but hindsight is 20/20 .
 
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Went yesterday for my permanent residency renewal. Migration was as crowded as I have ever seen it. Not one seat available. I would say about half the people there were Haitians.

Interestingly, they were not requesting to see vaccination cards upon entry.

My wait was not long.....but this was my first of the two visits, just to pay and go get the medical exam. I imagine all the others were waiting for their fingerprints to be done, their photos, and the residency card.
 

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Went yesterday for my permanent residency renewal. Migration was as crowded as I have ever seen it. Not one seat available. I would say about half the people there were Haitians.

Interestingly, they were not requesting to see vaccination cards upon entry.

My wait was not long.....but this was my first of the two visits, just to pay and go get the medical exam. I imagine all the others were waiting for their fingerprints to be done, their photos, and the residency card.
Couldn't you have done the medical in Puerto Plata?

When you say no seats available, I'm assuming that's with every other seat empty, no?
 
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Couldn't you have done the medical in Puerto Plata?

When you say no seats available, I'm assuming that's with every other seat empty, no?
NOOOOO. ALL seats were full. As in every seat in the room.

I don't know if I could have done the medical in Puerto Plata. I never tried. My lawyer handles everything. I was in SD and she took me to the clinic there and I had the exam. It as quick and easy. No waiting.
 

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NOOOOO. ALL seats were full. As in every seat in the room.

I don't know if I could have done the medical in Puerto Plata. I never tried. My lawyer handles everything. I was in SD and she took me to the clinic there and I had the exam. It as quick and easy. No waiting.
Wow! No more social distancing? When I was there in July, every other seat was blocked off.

Many permanent resident applicants have reported doing the medical part in Puerto Plata, but if you were there already, no big deal. Plus, you can pay online.
 

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BTW, I have a Permanent Residency, and I still have to renew it every 10 yrs.
That’s so silly. I decided not to renew now. I was in the 4 year permanent program. I would really advise people to think twice about if they need it. It’s really only if you have strong ties to this country. You can have local health insurance without residency papers and I would prioritize that first. You can have bank account and own a property no problem. And if you don’t live here all year round I don’t think it’s necessary. I think just going back a month or two during the year to your home country is enough. In my case I am leaving in April and coming back to the DR in 2023 for 3-4 months. North Americans especially don’t need it as much in my opinion because of the proximity. Being European you can encounter problems if you travel back and forth between the DR and the US without being a resident of neither. Especially US immigration are suspicious of that. I knew an American who experienced a similar problem not being a paper resident of the DR traveling from DR to Brazil via Panama and back to DR almost not getting on the plane in Panama as they couldn’t understand he didn’t have a ticket to the US.